West Ham star Michail Antonio is set to miss West Ham’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The forward will undergo surgery on his injured hamstring next week after limping out of West Ham’s 3-0 win over Southampton last week.
“He’s a big miss for us because he’s someone that we need,” West Ham boss David Moyes said.
“He’s got great strength and pace and we’ll miss him between now and the end of the season.
“They tell me last season he had very few injuries, then he picked up an injury toward the end of last season on his hamstring and he’s never really recovered from that. In the short time I’ve been here, he’s had a few pretty bad injuries.
“Look, it is what it is and we have to get on with it. He’s a miss for us, and we just have to hope that we can get him back for the start of next year.”
While Antonio is set to miss the rest of the season for West Ham, another important West Ham player could make his injury return against Chelsea.
Manuel Lanzini picked up a knock while on international duty with Argentina and missed West Ham’s 3-0 win over Southampton last week.
The Argentine is back in training and Moyes has refused to rule him out of the derby with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
“Manu is back running, but he was running last week,” Moyes said.
“He’s got a medial ligament injury which affects his turning and twisting. He’s able to run in straight lines at the moment.
“I’m hoping for an update on Saturday to see how he is, so I wouldn’t completely rule him out, but at the moment I’d say he’s a doubt.”